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    June 2, 2014

    The five best shows in Denver from June 2 to June 5

    There are bigger concerts, sure, but for our money there is no better way to see Red Rocks than during Film on the Rocks. The series, which features Colorado bands opening for beloved movies, starts Tuesday with Ark Life, Covenhoven and Caddyshack. You can also see some masterful old-timey updates ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

    SAT | CAT POWER at GOTHIC THEATRE | 11/23/13 Cat Power is the sometimes solo, sometimes full-band, project of Chan Marshall. Although born in Atlanta, Marshall made her way to New York City in the early 1990s and became involved in the underground music scene in the Big Apple. In 1993, Marshall earn ... More >>

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    May 2, 2012

    Five famous record collections and a look at their doomed (and almost doomed) fate

    See Also: • Five reasons Dilla's still missed five years later • In honor of Record Store Day this Saturday: Ten records we treasure. • Record Store Day 2012: The hunt for Junta • Complete Record Store Day coverage When Michigan record store owner Jeff Bubeck acquired several thousand recor ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Tonight: Follow That Bird! at the hi-dive

    John Anderson​In its relatively short life, Austin's Follow That Bird! (due at the hi-dive tonight with the Marrow, Married in Berdichev, Port Au Prince and Jess Williamson) has moved from an instrumental duo to a fierce and vocally-led trio, all while continuing on its path of smart, straight ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Top ten "oldster" bands still putting out great records

    ​At risk of alienating and outraging vast swaths of music fans, there's really no polite way of referring to bands with a career spanning fifteen years plus as a whole. So here are ten "oldster" bands -- written by a self-proclaimed oldster -- to keep making great records long after their hips ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Liz Phair on Exile, Funstyle and being a studio geek

    Darren AnkenmanLiz Phair​ In the early '90s, Liz Phair (due at the Bluebird Theater this Tuesday) started releasing tapes she called Girly Sound. These early tapes revealed a wide-ranging and playful musical creativity and helped to establish Phair in the underground music scene in Chicago. S ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011
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    May 26, 2010

    Download Kurt Vile's new Square Shells EP for free

    ​ Matador Records has always been a top-notch label in our book -- but giving us stuff for free? That's the real way to win our hearts. Yesterday the label kicked off the release of Kurt Vile's newest EP, Square Shells by offering it for free for 24 hours. Now that was at 11:21 a.m. EST, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Video Evidence of Jay Reatard's Ass Kicking Life

    A flickr photo.​ Already more than a dozen albums and slightly fewer years into his insanely prolific career in the Memphis scene, the major labels came calling for Jay Reatard. They told him they'd make him the next Kurt Cobain and that he was going to kill emo. Neither seemed out of his gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Sonic Youth top seller at Twist and Shout

    After two decades on Geffen Records, Eternal, Sonic Youth's Matador Records debut released last week, was the top seller at Twist & Shout for the week ending June 14. Mos Def's The Ecstatic,  Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca, both released last week, came in at the second and fourth slots while ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Yo La Tengo's alter ego grabs top spot at Wax Trax

    Matador Records tried to pull a fast one by saying the Condo Fucks was a legendary New London, Connecticut trio that returned after a long hiatus from performing. The label also stated that a secretive Hoboken rehearsal was recorded and was released March 24 as the album Fuckbook, which just so happ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Vintage Pavement article hints at the breakup to come

    The men of Pavement, back in the day. Our new Q&A with Stephen Malkmus, which accompanies a profile of the former Pavement frontman in advance of his Thursday, November 6, appearance at the Gothic Theatre, starts out with dialogue inspired by "It's Getting Harder," a profile of his old band that r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Q&A with Stephen Malkmus

    Stephen Malkmus, left, with his band, the Jicks. Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus is an eccentric fellow, which explains in large part the idiosyncracies of this Q&A, conducted for a Westword profile published in advance of his Thursday, November 6, appearance at the Gothic Theatre. But th ... More >>

  • Music

    June 19, 2008
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    June 22, 2006

    Pretty Girls Make Saves

    As video games go indie, here's some ideas for a few likely pairings.

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    November 3, 2005

    Early Man

    Sunday, November 6, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

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    September 29, 2005

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

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    April 7, 2005

    Grime Pays

    Dizzee Rascal brings his very British sound to the States.

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    September 16, 2004

    The Bright Stuff

    Bright Channel's astral exploration finally takes off.

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    May 6, 2004

    For Whom the Belle Toils

    Belle & Sebastian remains a word-of-mouth phenomenon.

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    June 5, 2003

    Critic's Choice

    Pretty Girls Make Graves

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    June 6, 2002

    Visible Man

    Former American Music Club frontman Mark Eitzel transcends the sadcore label. But don't expect him to jump for joy.

  • Music

    November 16, 2000


    Whitey on the Moon is one small step for Denver music.

  • Music

    April 20, 2000

    Smoke Signals

    The Arsonists -- and one of indie rock's most beloved labels -- ignite hip-hop's underground.

  • Music

    April 20, 2000

    Modern-Day Calvinism

    How a small band of insurgents led by K Records co-founder Calvin Johnson helped fashion a punk revolution.

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    October 7, 1999

    It's Getting Harder

    Pavement is hitting the road again. Will the road hit back?

  • Music

    September 2, 1999

    Their Noise

    After ten years, Superchunk and Merge Records are still working. But they are not working for you.

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    August 26, 1999


    Trish Murphy, John Fahey, Pavement, Matthew Shipp Duo

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    April 22, 1999

    Still Burning

    Jon Spencer and Alec Empire want you to get a sample of R.L. Burnside.

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    May 15, 1997

    Tiptoeing Through the Tulips

    The flowering of Holland's Bettie Serveert.

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    April 25, 1996
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    November 29, 1995



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    April 5, 1995